It’s February and you’d like to get bees

So, here we are 3/4 of the way through the month of february. If you are thinking about getting bees, waste no time. Orders for package bees began in early January and will be sold out soon. If you are thinking of starting with a nuc, contact your local beekeepers to find out availability. I ordered 5 nucs last month from Mike Palmer, up in St Albans VT, for early may pickup. Within a few days he was booked solid for the season.

Josh Pisano pulls the syrup can from a bee package

A few of the bee supply places like Betterbee may still have packages available. In the past I have ordered a few extra packages just because I knew someone would be looking for them and I hate to see an enthusiastic potential beekeeper get all fired up, only to not be able to get bees. But I didn’t do that this year. Keep in mind that package production is very weather dependent, and you can almost plan on getting your bees 1 or 2 weeks later than your order date. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Again it’s the weather that’s important. I’ve been out in snow flurries putting packages of bees into hives. Then there were years when the weather in Georgia didn’t co-operate so bees were late, and it was beautiful here in the Berkshires and I was looking at fields of dandelions blossoming with no bees to take advantage of it.


About Beekeeping in the Berkshires

Here at Berkshire Farms Apiary we've been keeping bees and making honey since 2005, with hives in most of the surrounding towns. We also make pure beeswax candles, lip balm, and hand salve, as well as give presentations. As secretary of the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association, I am very active in the local beekeeping community.
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One Response to It’s February and you’d like to get bees

  1. Tom Stefanik says:

    Your new site is as impressive as you are a Wonderful Person to know and deal with. Your site is very informative for any Beekeeper, easy to read for a beginner, has lots of practical tips and beautiful photos, and the personal touches sets it aside from many other sites. Thank You for doing all you do for Beekeeping. May you life always bee filled with sweet rewards……..Tom Stefanik, President – N.B.B.A.

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